Emergency Community Support Fund

The Oakville Community Foundation is proud to be working with both Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the Government of Canada to deliver local funding in Oakville to qualified charities. Through the ECSF, The Foundation is proud to be investing an additional $502,500 in our local community, ensuring our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Qualified charities and donees are able to apply for grants up to a maximum of $75,000

Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks including CFC, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. For information on which organization you should apply through, please click here.

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including: marginalized groups, youth, children, the elderly, essential workers and newcomers. The goal of the ECSF is to reach 100% of communities across Canada.

Applications are now open until July 27, 2020. Please see the links below for more information.

Click here to apply through the application portal.

Helpful Links & Information

Please note that there are three community foundations in Halton Region: Burlington Foundation, Community Foundation of Halton North and Oakville Community Foundation, as well as United Way Halton & Hamilton. For the Community Foundations, we ask that you apply to the funder located in the primary community that your charity serves. United Way Halton & Hamilton is accepting applications, regardless of community.  Multiple program applications are encouraged and can be submitted. The list of program applications will be reviewed collaboratively between all funders. Regardless of which funder is being applied to, only one program application should be submitted for funds. 

If you would like to learn more about the Emergency Community Support Fund, please sign up for one of the following webinars offered by Employment and Social Development Canada:


If you still have questions after reading the above information, please contact our Grants team at grants@theocf.org.

The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by: